When Chris Scholl trotted out to the mound with two outs in the top of the fourth of Thursday night's game against Idaho Falls, he knew he was going to have to pitch one of his best games of the season.
The Owlz are glad Scholl doesn't wilt under pressure.
Scholl (2-1) allowed just two hits and struck out five in 3 1/3 innings as the Owlz (2-2) blanked the Chukars (2-2) 9-0.
The victory came less than 24 hours after the Owlz sent five pitchers to the hill in a 13-inning loss at Ogden.
"I just tried to get guys out as soon as I could to save myself for more innings," Scholl said. "It was important to go after hitters and let them make their mistakes."
Buddy Boshers started for the Owlz, but had trouble finding the strike zone all evening. In just 3 2/3 innings, he walked five and threw a total of 78 pitches.
"Normally his forte is throwing strikes, but tonight he seemed to struggle," Owlz manager Tom Kotchman said. "I really don't know why."
Reyes Dorado pitched the final two innings and allowed two hits while walking one and striking out three to preserve the shutout.
The Chukars didn't help themselves, stranding 13 runners.
"We're very lucky tonight," Kotchman said. "Our pitchers made some pitches when they had to."
Chris Garcia put the Owlz ahead in the bottom of the first with an opposite-field two-run homer onto the berm in left field. It was Garcia's first homer for the Owlz this season since being called up to replace Gabe Jacobo following last Sunday's doubleheader.
The Owlz made it 3-0 in the bottom of the second on an RBI double into the right-center field gap by center fielder Ryan Groth.
After a quick third and an even quicker fourth, the Owlz got to Chukars' starter Colby Beach again in the fifth.
With one out, Darwin Perez blasted a solo homer to right. Roberto Lopez then smacked a double down the left field line, ending Beach's night. Lopez advanced to third on a wild pitch by Tim Huber and then scored on a groundout by Garcia to give the Owlz a 5-0 lead.
The Owlz officially made the game a route in the eighth, tacking on four more.
"We really came through," Lopez said. "We played pretty good defense and the offense took care of the rest."
Lopez went 2-for-5 Thursday night, extending his hitting streak to nine games. With the pair of hits, Lopez has also notched two or more hits in six consecutive games.
The Owlz and Chukars will resume the three-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m.